Meet the Staff

Mario A. Ascencio, Library Director
(202) 478-1543

Mario has been the Library Director of the Corcoran Library since November 2009. Mario strives to maintain a welcoming and pleasant environment at the Corcoran Library. Whether you are looking for information about art or want to learn more about the cultural resources available in Washington, D.C., Mario's door is always open.

Mario was previously the Visual Arts Liaison Librarian at George Mason University and has held positions at the Getty Research Institute, the UCLA Arts Library, and the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. In addition, Mario held graduate internships at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

On a national and international level, Mario has presented lectures, keynote addresses, workshops, and radio and television interviews throughout the United States, El Salvador, Mexico, and Panama. Topics have included InfoDiversity, Libraries and Civil Societies, Web 2.0 Technologies in Libraries, and Library Services to Latinos and Spanish-speakers.

Mario holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in Italian from California State University, Northridge.

Tansy Matthews, Access Librarian & Metadata Coordinator
(202) 639-1822

Tansy joined the Corcoran Library in August 2012. Tansy would rather be helping our students, faculty, and staff to find resources, ideas, and inspiration than working on her own, so Please Disturb.

Prior to coming to the Corcoran Library, Tansy worked at a smorgasbord of libraries and arts institutions, including the Visual Resources Library at UC Berkeley, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Virtual Library of Virginia. She orginally became interested in arts librarianship as a work-study student at the Savannah College of Art & Design Library, It was there that she saw students and faculty in the library being inspired by new art and learning about the past.

Tansy holds a Bachelor's degree in Art History from the Savannah College of Art & Design, a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University, and a Master's Degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the CCA+D/Smithsonian Associates HDA program.

Patricia L. Reid, Technical Services Associate
(202) 478-1545

Patricia originally came to the Corcoran Library as a part-time, evening library technician in September of 1989. In March 1990, she became a full-time employee.

It is Pat who can be thanked for getting the library's new books and DVDs into the catalog and onto the shelves. She is also responsible for all of the Corcoran Library's Interlibrary Loan transactions, which we know our students and faculty appreciate.

Prior to coming to the Corcoran Library, Pat worked for Trinity College Library.

Digital Assets Librarian (position vacant)